04 January, 2015

Lazy Sunday

14 July, 2014

New collection: The Nomads Headchains & Bodychains

Headchain Nur Jahan

The Nomads headband

Bodychain Desert Bird

Bodychain Vashti

Headchain Vashti

Lovely Emily posed the hell out of the Nomad collection featuring different Headchain & Bodychain designs. I got inspired by the Persian queens and wonderered how they would look like if they lived incognito among us.
Mad relax and easy with a glimps of their heritage.

Love Soraya

Hey Loves

It has been quiet around the SOYL blog but for a good reason. Festival season has started in NL which means all-nighters making jewellery and meeting a lot of new people. I'm now half way so perfect time to finally write something down and show you the new collection.



31 May, 2014

Beauty Aspects: DIY Protein Hair Treatments Avocado Mayonnaise and Honey Yoghurt Mask

A delicious two cours meal for your hair perfect for a sunday morning. 

Whip it up in less then 10 minutes, sit back and relax.


I've seen a lot of these recipes around the web. Thanks to my new natural look I'm all for keeping my hair in a healthy state and I couldn't resist to try these out. I believe in stripping all that feels like to much and going back to the essentials. This goes also for what I eat and what I put on my skin or hair.
So as promised the DIY hair recipes made out of nutritious foodies you probably have laying around in your refrigerator.

Deep Protein Advocado-Banana-Egg Treatment

Leave-in time max 45 min

half Avocado - 1 banana - 1 egg - 2 tablespoons of olive oil
Double the amount for medium long to long hair.

You will also need a blender or smoothie mixer.
A steamer would be great but not necessary.


Mix up the ingredients untill it's a smooth paste like mayonnaise.
Section your hair in 4 parts and apply the mayonaise section for section.
When applying massage the mixture into hair and scalp.
Add steam for 10 minutes to inhance this protein treatment for.
I've used my garment steamer but if you don't have one here are a couple of options:
- An extra long warm shower
- Microwave a wet towel and wrap it around your head
- Put a plastic cap on your head and let your body heat create a natural sauna for your hair.

Note: The mayonnaise needs to remain wet, as soon as it starts to dry, it's time to rinse it out.

Nutritional benefits for your hair

 Rich in vitamins, proteins including A,D, E and B6 as well as magnesium, folic acid, amino acids, copper and iron

-Nourishing for dry, brittle hair.
-A deep conditioner
- A Revitalizer for damaged hair
- Ads shine and softness to your hair
Contains natural sugars, fibers, potassium, iron, B Vitamins including B6 and B12

-Increases the moisture of your hair
-Smoothens out the frizz
-Promotes natural elasticity and doing so helps preventing breakage and split ends
-Controlls daindruff and an itchy scalp
High on protein with fatty acids and vitamins like A, D and E

-Strenghtens the hair follicles 
-Helps to prevent dry and brittle hair
-Thickens your hair
-Smoothens out your hair making it more manageable

Olive oil 
(Extra virgin is the best)
Contains fatty acids and antioxidant vitamin E, vitamin A

-Natural moisterizer to help cure an itchy, flaky scalp
-Coats the hair shaft sealing all the good stuff inside.
- Restores dry and dull looking hair
-Adds shine

The steam

The steam will act like a quick medium to deep condition your hair. Because of the heat the follicles on the hair will open up like the tiles of a roof on a house  and allow the mayonaise to reach the cortex of your hair.
And it adds of course instant moisture to your hair and scalp.

My review

The texture of the Avocado smoothie feels lovely as I pour it on my hair. I thought I would smell the raw eggs but the banana took it over.. After I steamed my hair I could easily run my hand through and under the warm shower the mixture just quickly washed away. As I dried my hair it seemed like the treatment weightened my hair a bit, not greasy but more like a coating on my hair. I like the feeling because my hair has the tendency to frizz up. 
Over all the results are the seem as the store bought Hair mayonnaise I use from Olive Oil, which is great. Because this is cheaper and I'm aware of the ingredients.
My hair looks shiny and feels so soft. So thumps up!

Nourishing Honey and Yoghurt Hair Mask

Leave-in for 10 to 15 minutes


3 big scoops of (Greek) yoghurt & 3 tablespoones of Honey
Double the amount for medium to long hair.

A plastic cap or plastic foil.

Mix up the ingredients and add the mix to your hair.
When finished you can add some extra honey to your strands.
Twist your hair up and wrap it in plastic foil.
Wash out with a soft shampoo or better a conditioner.

Nurtrificial benefits

Protein-rich food containing zinc and lactic acid

-Helps the blood circulation on your scalp which stimulates the growth
-Helps gain and retain lost moisture
-Leaves your hair shiney and smooth
-Gets rid off split ends and hair fall

Nutrients like iron, calcium, phosphorus and Vitamin C, B and magnesium

- Humectant; attrects moisture from the air around and retains it in the hair
-Antibacterial, helps to keep the scalp clean and becteria free
-Softens and smoothens the hair
- Prevents hair loss

My review

The cool feeling of the yoghurt on my hair is refreshing after the warm steamy treatment. My hair immediatly reacted to the temperature change. The follicles closed again and my hair felt so smooth. My enthuasism lasted for about 6 min cause by then the yoghurt started to melt. And the mix just dripped down my face leaving it all sticky and milky. I immediatly began to search for the plastic foil to wrap my head.. but by that time it was to late....I looked like a melted ice cream.
Under the shower the second discomfort rose up literally, the warm milky smell of the yoghurt Oh my god I thought I was going to pass out in my shower.
As a maniac I reached out to find my conditioner and poured it over my head.
When dried I saw that the curls were a bit more defined and the shine was a pleasant surprise.

So, will I do it again?

Yes and No.
Over all I had some reservations for trying these treatments. For one the smell, of especially the raw egg, second the texture, I was worried about bits of food in my hair, and lastly the hassle, it felt like all a bit to much.
But now that I have tried it I can say that the hesitations are all proven to be unnecessary. 
Except for the Honey Yoghurt treatment. I can still smell the warm yoghurt in the bathroom.

The hair results are pretty good for what I've seen and it's refreshing to exually be aware of the stuff I put in my hair.I will definitely use the Hair Mayonaise in my hair regimen. And loved the honey, so I will try to find another treatment featuring the honey. Also the warm vs cold treatment method seems to be affective.

Hope you liked the DIY's.
Have you tried nutritional foods for your hair before?
What were your experiences?

Love Soraya

26 May, 2014

Home Edition: DIY makeover

Chapter Consessions

When we bought our first home almost six years ago my boyfriend and I we're entering a new chapter in our lives together. Finally independence and the freedom to change your surroundings to your liking. I remember the first time I saw the building plan for the apartment and I started to visualize walking through the house and eating breakfast. What color would my walls be or the style of my furniture? I immediately began to collect every home inspiration I could find online and in the mags. But I forgot one important detail. The "we" part in the equation. As I was collecting, he was collecting, as I was wondering, he was wondering. Yes we were a team in this chapter, some how we needed to get together and figure it out. And that is where it started.
The concessions...
But no wait we had a system which was perfect on paper but in life not so much. I would choose the colors of the walls and he would do the floor. I then had total control over the kitchen and he over the bathroom.. and so on.. Sounds perfect right? A marriage of the two?
Well, this is life and in my life as a designer it sucks! Cause although you've made your concessions and your totally happy with you decisions, the problem is the ones he made that remain a thorn in my freaking eye!!!(breathing in, breathing out)
Like my kitchen which is elegant and modern but he had to go against my style and insisted on adding a rather big and robust faucet with 2 million functions. And then there is also my bedroom with my lovely off-white floral wallpaper on one side and a dark grey wall on the other side which is sucking all the morning sun rays out of the room.
And the floor and here's where I negotiated hard but yes again those concessions, so I had to let it go and instead of a clean white floor I ended up with of course another hint of grey. Nice of course but not what I wanted! 
My house is my canvas and my canvas needs to be white. And after all those years I just can't let the floor go, I really really do want no I think I need, yes I need to have my white floor now.
So what did I do?
Rip it off, yes I ripped that thang off. I started pulling and after two broken nails and my back hurting me, I figured out that the laminate has a click-in system... uhuh ok. 
In this maniac attempt to remove and literally strip my surroundings of all that's irritating, I saw my boyfriend walking in and reality hit me. I forgot one small detail; communicating with the other member of the team.
I saw him slowly approaching me and his eyes began to assess the situation but before the observation could be analyzed by the mind I interrupted the process and start explaining my ass off. After what seemed to be an hour of explaining with large hand gestures only 6 minutes passed, he just knotted and said "Ok, go for it But...
"But what", I asked totally worn-out.
"If I could have my game room".
*Sigh* those freaking concessions.

So what's the plan..
Right, first off paint the concrete floor white.
Second the grey walls, one is painted dark grey and one with grey wallpaper, all need to be white.
And then I want to add structure to one wall maybe a faux concrete colored wall or a lovely concrete floral 3D texture.
And lastly new home accessories.
Well now that the game room is coming I have total freedom Ha-Ha so stay tuned on how the house will turn in to a DIY disaster or my our own little palace.

Moodboard: I started by ripping different images out of an old stack of magazines based on the mood, style, color and fabric.

Found these cool crystals, I also want some huge crystal clusters in my house to stabilize the energy.
Don't you think the stones look like a tiny iceberg floating off to warmer seas. Or is it just me?

To be continued

Love Soraya

20 May, 2014

Just finished: Mini roses and rose gold details

The story of the Romanticists 

13 May, 2014

Hair Story: Chapter TWA My Teeny Weeny Afro


Remember my last hairstyle, the shaved side look? Well it was super cool in the beginning but after shaving every two weeks I thought about the next step. I knew I had two choices, rock it till forever like Cassie or cut it to one length. Of course being me I couldn't wait and decided to stop shaving and cut my hair in a TWA teeny weeny Afro.
It's the first time since I was a little girl that I'm rocking my natural hair. Felt so odd in the beginning which is mad strange cuz it's like your own hair... why do you feel this way? Honestly my natural hair has always been an issue to me.
I used to be that girl that wouldn't dare to take one step outside without manipulating my hair with a weave, braids or a relaxer. Never in my mind would have come the thought of just rocking my natural hair.
On this journey I've come to realize that evolving doesn't necessarily mean learning new things and adding on but more about stripping the old and getting rid of all you thought was necessary to be you. The biggest issues seems so small now and insignificant. Those mountains are now nothing more then little stone rocks on the road.

Having this said I will definitely stay creative and will braid, color or weave again. My hair is my accessory and I will change the style depending on my mood. But I'm focusing more on getting my hair in an healthy state. I can't wait for my hair to grow a little more for some long box braids. For now I'm all about this Fro and I'm using the Flaxseed gel DIY of last year for the styling. I'm also planning another Hair care DIY soon so stay tuned.


Misschien kan je mijn laatste haar stijl met de geschoren zijkanten nog herrineren. Ik moet zeggen het was heel vet in het begin en heb het minstens een paar maanden vol gehouden. Alleen kwam ik na een tijdje op het punt van; wat nu? Ik wist dat ik twee keuzes had of deze stijl a la Cassie rocken till forever of de zijkanten uit laten groeien en op een bepaald moment in model knippen.
Nou typisch Soraya, twee seconden nadat die gedachte in me op kwam pakte ik al een schaar om het haar tot de uitgroei af te knippen. En daar was ie dan mijn korte afro.
Het voelde zo vreemd in het begin wat gek is eigenlijk, het is mijn natuurlijke haar waarom moet ik daar aan wennen? Eerlijk gezegd heb ik altijd moeite gehad met mijn natuurlijk haar.
Ik was echt die chick die nooit uit huis ging zonder mijn haar te manipuleren door middel van weaves, vlechten of relax. Het kwam nooit in me op om gewoon mijn eigen haar te rocken.
Ik heb nu wel geleerd dat het niet alleen gaat om jezelf te verrijken met nieuwe ervaringen maar ook  jezelf te strippen van al die oude gedachtes en obstakels die je tegen hielden om jezelf te zijn. De grootste issues lijken nu zo klein en onbelangrijk. En die grote bergen zijn nu niets meer dan ienieminie kiezelsteentjes op mijn pad.

Dit gezegd te hebben, zal ik zeker geen afscheid nemen van de vlechten, kleuren of weaven. Hell no, mijn haar is mijn accessoire en ik zal de stijl aanpassen naar mijn mood. Wel zal ik de focus leggen op de verzorging van mijn haar. Kan niet wachten tot dat het iets langer is voor de lange box braids die ik vorige jaar ook in had.
Voor nu ben ik helemaal in to the Fro en gebruik ik de Lijnzaad gel DIY van vorig jaar. Ik ben ook van plan om weer een nieuwe DIY voor de verzorging van je haar te doen dus stay tuned.

Love Soraya

Some of my hair styles of the past 2 years // Een paar haar stijlen van de laatste 2 jaren

09 May, 2014

DIY: Japanese rice packaging Bag Kenya Hara inspiration

A Book 1996-

Iwafune Rice 1999

Dandelion Wine 1999

Inspiration Kenya Hara

The second design is the one that inspired me to do this DIY. It's a design for one of Kenya Hara's clients who wanted a packaging which promotes safe and high quality rice.
It's clean and simple but modest. Pure like the rice it's containing. 
Kenya runs the Hara design institute, a think tank for contemporary art in all forms and is a professor of the science of design at Tokyo's Musashino Art University.

I wish people would better appreciate design culture and histories, and use them as a resource. For example, at the time of the Meiji Restoration [1868-1912], the Japanese institutionalized tradition and aesthetics. It would be good to bring back those practices again when thinking about the future home.            -Kenya Hara-


You will need some hardboard, faux leather, measuring tape, hot glue gun or sewing machine. 

1.First up, we have to make the bottom of the bag with a piece of cardboard. Mine is an A5, half of the A4 cardboard
2. Cover the piece of cardboard with the faux leather, both sides and glue it together.
3. Now the measurements for the bag. Wide is 74 cm plus 5 cm en height is 68 cm. You can always cut the fabric off the top once your done.
4. Glue or stitch the sides together using the extra 5 cm.
5. Fold the bottom like the picture.
6. Insert the piece of cardboard.
7. Now glue as you see on the pic.
8. Fold like an envelope.
9. You need to make straps with the left over material.
10. Make two cuts, 5 cm apart.
11. See pictures how to fold with two different methods:
a. Just role the strings downwards and tie the strings together.
b. Fold the two corners inwards and then role it downwards.

And that's it!

Have Fun

Love Soraya

Design photos courtesy of the Hara Design Institute

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